Over 2,000 criminal cases against MPs, MLAs: sc told...

Special courts for trial of criminal cases related to Members of parliament and Members of the Legislative assembly decided more than 2,000 cases in 2023, the supreme court has been informed.

In an affidavit filed by senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who has been appointed amicus curiae in a PIL seeking expeditious disposal of criminal cases against MPs/MLAs, said that more directions are needed for speedy adjudication of pending trials and their investigation under strict monitoring by the respective high courts, as there are around 501 candidates with criminal cases who are contesting the lok sabha elections in the first two phases.

Referring to a report of NGO 'Association of Democratic Reforms for the lok sabha elections 2024 Phase I and Phase II,' Hansaria, assisted by advocate sneha Kalita, said that out of 2,810 candidates (Phase I - 1618 candidates and Phase II - 1,192 candidates), 501 (18 percent) candidates have criminal cases against them, out of which, 327 (12 percent) are serious criminal cases (punishable with imprisonment of 5 years and more).

"The same was the position in the 2019 lok sabha elections in which out of 7,928 candidates, 1,500 candidates (19 percent) had criminal cases, out of which 1,070 candidates (13 percent) were serious criminal cases. However, out of 514 elected members of 17th lok sabha (2019-2024), 225 members (44 percent) had criminal cases against them.

"Thus, the candidates with criminal cases have won more seats than candidates without criminal cases. In this context, it is necessary that this court may pass further orders for expeditious disposal of pending trials and investigation under strict monitoring by the respective high courts," the affidavit said.

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